A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO
PALOS VERDES IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUED PRESENCE OF HARBOR-UCLA MEDICAL
CENTER AS A FULL SERVICE TERTIARY HOSPITAL ABLE TO OPERATE AS A LEVEL
I TRAUMA CENTER AND TO SUSTAIN ITS ROLE AS A TEACHING HOSPITAL AND
WHEREAS, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is the premier tertiary
hospital in the South Bay and in the Los Angeles County Health System.
WHEREAS, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is the only Level
I Trauma Center in the South Bay area, serving population of some 2.2
million peopleóboth the insured and the uninsured.
WHEREAS, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is an important component
of emergency management plans in an area of Los Angeles County that includes
an international airport, two international seaports and major oil and
WHEREAS, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center provides an immense
amount of uncompensated medical care to the underserved of the South Bay
and surrounding Los Angeles County communitiesómore than 75,000 ER visits,
250,000 outpatient clinic visits and over 23,000 hospitalizations.
WHEREAS, Harbor-UCLA is a magnet and training ground for
new physicians serving the Los Angeles County, including the South Bay,
with important links to the nationís foremost medical schools including
the UCLA School of Medicine.
WHEREAS, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is an essential partner
in the ongoing medical research programs of its affiliated Research and
Education Institute (REI), which has and continues to produce life-saving
WHEREAS, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a vital part of
the South Bay regionís economy, employing more than 4,000 people and accounting
for almost $1 billion in direct and indirect revenue to the South Bay
WHEREAS, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is the most cost-efficient
hospital in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS)
hospital system according to the California State Auditor.
WHEREAS, the reorganization plan put forth by the Los
Angeles County DHS in response to projected County budget deficits would
seriously reduce Harbor-UCLAís resources and role in the County health
WHEREAS, changes proposed in the DHS reorganization plan
would strip Harbor-UCLA Medical Center of its ability to operate as a
Level I Trauma Center and could ultimately result in the closure of the
hospital as an in-patient facility.
WHEREAS, community and private hospitals in the South
Bay would not be able to fill the void left by a reduction in services
or closure of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
WHEREAS, the loss of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as a trauma
center and tertiary care facility would jeopardize lives in the South
Bay and surrounding communities, seriously impair the regionís ability
to respond in the event of natural and man-made disasters, curtail medical
research and create irreparable economic damage
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the
City of Rancho Palos Verdes calls upon the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors to reject proposals to downgrade Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
and to instead continue Harbor-UCLA as a full service tertiary hospital
with the range of sub-specialty care required to maintain Harbor-UCLA
as a Level I Trauma Center and to sustain its role as a teaching hospital
and as a research hub in conjunction with its affiliated Research and
Education Institute (REI).